The 60-Second Giant Pom Pom

The One Minute Giant Pom Pom Technique

We’re huge fans of pom-poms, so we’re thrilled to share this technique for making giant pom-poms in 60 seconds flat. Red Heart sent us four huge boxes of yarn to experiment with and we came up with the quickest way to make a pom pom, ever.

No more templates–just three basic supplies and your making pom-pom history.

Red Heart Yarn

We’re covering everything with these quick & easy pom-poms this holiday season (watch the blog for more Red Heart projects). Sweaters, shoes, gifts… we’re even going to make a pom-pom garland for the front door. Have fun mastering this super fun technique and let us know what you make with your pom-poms!

The One Minute Giant Pom Pom Technique

Materials

One Minute Giant Pom Pom Technique

Step 1: Tie
Remove the paper wrapping from yarn. Using the nylon thread, cut off a long piece and tie around the center of the yarn.

One Minute Giant Pom Pom Technique

Step 2: Repeat
Flip the yarn over to the opposite side and tie the nylon thread around the ball again, this time making sure to make the tie as tight as you can.

Once you’ve made the nylon thread nice and tight, go ahead and make a couple of strong knots. Cut your thread ends short. Now you’re ready to start cutting into your pom pom!

One Minute Giant Pom Pom Technique

Step 3: Cut
Start by making your initial cut as shown, aligning your scissors to cut roughly one-third through the thickness of the ball.

One Minute Giant Pom Pom Technique

Step 4: Pull
Once you’ve cut into the yarn, lightly run your fingers through the yarn and allow the loose threads to fall separate from the rest of the yarn. Be careful not to pull too hard on the yarn that is still attached to the rest of the ball.

One Minute Giant Pom Pom Technique

Step 5: Cut
As the yarn starts to fall loose, you’ll notice some loops towards the inside of the ball. Using your scissors, cut those loops in half and fluff these out as well. Repeat this process until you feel like you’ve gotten most of the thread loops snipped in half.

One Minute Giant Pom Pom Technique

Step 6: Trim
Once you have one half of your ball fluffed out and untangled, take your hand and make a tight fist around the shortest part of the loose threads as shown. Evenly trim the excess.

One Minute Giant Pom Pom Technique

Step 7: Repeat
Repeat steps 3 through 6 on the other half of the pom pom.

To shape your pom pom, work from the middle-out. Trim evenly by grabbing a fist full of yarn and cutting to the shortest layer.

NOTE: The yarn should generally be longer in the middle of your pom pom, so you’ll want to start by trimming those threads first.

Happy crafting!

  • http://thisislemonade.wordpress.com/ this is lemonade

    Wow, when you said “giant” I didn’t realise how giant! this is seriously a huge generous holiday pompom :)

  • Charlotte Done

    That is a brilliant idea!! Can’t believe I’ve spent all these years trying to squeeze balls of wool through the tiny cardboard holes!! Thankyou! :D

  • https://twitter.com/minor_edition Ipshita C

    Oh my word. That is simply awesome

  • Brooke

    How do you put it on a box? How do you secure the bottom without it falling apart? I feel like there should be one more step….

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ handmade charlotte

    Brooke,

    You could leave the string from the first step longer instead of trimming it. You get faster and faster every time you make a lovely pom! :)
    Thanks for commenting!

    Rachel Faucett

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  • celina bailey

    Seriously, GENIUS! I know what to do with all that yarn I have from all the projects I never got done. My kids won’t have sweaters, at least now they’ll have giant pompoms on everything!!!

  • Karen Baughman Lyons

    these are great, but at my income, would become a bit expensive to make too many of them. I think hubby would think I was crazy if he saw me doing this with one skein of yarn! (just think of all those little feet and heads I could cover with one skein)

  • Helen

    Love these – I’m sure to find wool on sale that will be perfect.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cats.cradle.creations Melissa Reed Hart

    This technique can also work with all the extra yarn left over from previous projects. Make a scarf and have extra? Make a matching pom for the package! Or make a scarf and hat set and make a pom for the top of the hat.

  • Melissa Kojima

    That seems pretty straightforward and easy. I love the giant pom pom on the gift packages. What a great idea to make a whole garland of them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jan.bony.1 Jan Bony

    How do I get Red Heart to send me a bunch of free yarn? I would love to do this and make many other things, I do a lot of charity work… gets expensive.

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ handmade charlotte

    Hi Celina,
    Thanks for the fun comment! I’m pretty excited about this little technique.

    Thanks for stopping in!:)

    xoxoxo,

    Rachel

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ handmade charlotte

    Ohh Yay! Red Heart is super affordable and you can find it at any craft store.

    Thanks for stopping in!

    Rachel

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ handmade charlotte

    Hi Melissa,

    Great Idea! Thanks for stopping in!

    Thanks,

    Rachel

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ handmade charlotte

    Hi Melissa,

    Ohhh I love the garland plan! Thanks for stopping in! We love you and you know it!

    xoxoxooxo,

    Rachel

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ handmade charlotte

    Hi Karen,

    I hear you load and clear. I have 5 kids and totally get it. Red Heart is actually really affordable for any kind of project using yarn.

    Thanks for stopping in!

    Rachel

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ handmade charlotte

    Ipshita,

    Thanks Thanks! I’ll have to say i’m pretty thrilled about this new discovery. Thanks for commenting and stopping in!

    Yay!

    Rachel

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ handmade charlotte

    Charlotte,

    Love the name by the way! I grew up with my mom making pom pom templates from re-cycled boxes. It was pretty fun showing her this little trick. Thanks for stopping in!

    Thanks Thanks!

    Rachel

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ handmade charlotte

    Yay! Giant Giant! Thanks for stopping in Lemonade!

    xxoxoox,

    Rachel

  • Tina Bolen

    How do I get Red Heart to send me some free yarn? I donate crocheted baby blankets to our local Hosptial for the newborn units and a Children’s Hospital Unit for their infants. You would be surprised how many people don’t have one for their baby when they leave. I have even been asked to do some for the infants that have passed away to be wrapped in and for their parents one. It is VERY expensive since I live on a fixed income. Last year alone I made over 50 blankets for the hospital.

  • Tina Bolen

    also great for on top of store bought plain beanie caps

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ handmade charlotte

    Hi Tina,

    Please email me separately and I will pass on your info to the wonderful folks at Red Heart!

    Thanks and Thanks for Making blankets for the babies!

    xoxoox,

    Rachel

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ handmade charlotte

    Hi Jan,

    Please email me and I will pass your info on to Red Heart!

    Thanks,

    Rachel

  • http://www.facebook.com/tina.c.richardson.3 Tina Clark Richardson

    Love, Love, Love. My package are going to look special this year. Thanks for the Tutorial

  • Kara Cole

    So fun!! Now I know what everyone’s getting on top of there Christmas gifts this year. GIANT POMS!

  • tweet

    just made a few small pom poms – but I LOVE the giant ones!! thanks for the DIY

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ handmade charlotte

    Hi Tweet,

    I love small poms too!

    xo,

    Rachel

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ handmade charlotte

    Kara,

    I’m so excited for you! I hope you have as much fun as I did making them!

    xo,

    Rachel

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ handmade charlotte

    Hi Tina,

    I love Love Love too! Red Heart is awesome! Send pics dying to see what you come up with!

    XoXo,

    Rachel

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ handmade charlotte

    Hi Tina,

    That would be cool!
    xoxo,

    Rachel

  • sarah k

    I was wondering what to do with all the extra balls of wool..Now I know..Thx

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ handmade charlotte

    Hi Sarah,

    You can use poms poms all year long!

    Rachel F

  • http://sharidanbowman.wordpress.com/ Sharidan

    good lord this is awesome! I’m seriosuly thinking about rewrapping my christmas presents just so I can do this now!

  • littlesunny

    Oh, it is quite easy to make :x

    Surely I will try to make one.

    Nangnho.com

  • Helen Follmer

    Rachel, I think using various left over skeins of different colors would be very pretty and we wouldn’t be using a full skein that could be used more effectively elsewhere. We all have leftover partial skeins! Use the same process and just tie all of them together.

  • http://www.brooklynfarmgirl.com/ Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl

    I did this to save time instead of wrapping it around my hand. I got little rolls of yarn (about 1/3 the size of regular ones) and this worked perfect for them. Thank you!

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ Handmade Charlotte

    Hi Pamela,

    Thats an awesome idea! I love this project! One of my best DIY’s ever!

    Thanks,

    Rachel

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ Handmade Charlotte

    Pom Pom Boogie,

    please send your projects!
    We love pom poms too!

    Yeah!

    Rachel

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ Handmade Charlotte

    Hi Little Sunny,

    Super super easy!!! it and report back!!

    Thanks,

    Rachel Faucett

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ Handmade Charlotte

    Hi Sharidan,

    You could create the poms all year long! Long Live The 60 Second Pom Pom!!!!!!

    Yeah!!!

    Rachel Faucett

  • Dianne Stone

    Tina: Try Salvation Army, Goodwill or resale shops. You can get bags of yarn for a few bucks. Go to ravelry.com and sign up. They have a yarn exchange and some peeps give yarn away for a good cause or just pay the shipping. Make sure you tell them what you do with it. God bless you and your giving generous heart!! <3 <3 <3 you!!!

  • Kenni Raye

    Fun idea to jazz up my wrapped gifts!!! Thanks!

  • Melissa Q

    I totally have some yarn from an unsuccessful project that would be great for this! A much-needed boost for that sad yarn.

  • Jessica Abbott

    How have I lived this long without this in my life?!!! I AM SO IN LOVE!!!

  • http://www.smallforbig.com/ small for big

    Same here – sounds like the perfect de-stash solution!

  • http://www.smallforbig.com/ small for big

    I’m thinking this would be a super fast way to make a yarn wig for Halloween – just attach the poms to a knit hat!

  • t.potts

    We four Potts people are in love with this method. Even my littlest can do it. Thanks for the tutorial.

  • t.potts

    I got 100 ideas from your comment. This could be used for so many things!

  • kelleyetg

    I love this! imagine a hanging garland of bouncy giant pom poms! or maybe done all in metallic? oh the possibilities!

  • http://www.smashedpeasandcarrots.com Maggie::SmashedPeasandCarrots

    Oh my gawsh! My love of pom poms just got bigger! These are so awesome!!

  • http://www.smashedpeasandcarrots.com Maggie::SmashedPeasandCarrots

    I feel the same way!

  • southerninstitute

    Pom poms are my favorite! This is amazing!

  • Amy Johnson

    These would be great for making a big fluffy pom pom rug!

  • http://mostsecurevpn.com/ Paulette Dodson

    beautiful

  • Elspeth Dickcissel

    people do this?

  • Elspeth Dickcissel

    sorry i just got back